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Are you a residential tenant?

As a tenant of private accommodation, you might be entitled to terminate your tenancy on the basis of frustration or suspend payment of rent, due to the current pandemic.

Prior to getting in touch with us to determine whether you could legitimately suspend any rent payments or terminate the lease on the basis of frustration, the following questions need to be considered:

  1. How has COVID-19 affected your occupation of the property?
  2. Has anyone in the property been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  3. Have you had to move out of the property as a result of COVID-19?
  4. How likely is it that you will be able to go back into the property?

If you are a student of residential University or other institutional accommodation, it could well be the case that you had to leave the property due to Covid-19.

If that is the case, there is a real possibility that you might be entitled to suspend paying rent or terminate the lease on the basis of frustration due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Normally it is very difficult to terminate a tenancy agreement on the basis of frustration, but in these extraordinary times, you may well be able to do so.

You may find yourself in the situation where your landlord keeps asking you to pay rent even though the tenancy has ended due to frustration, or even that your landlord is considering evicting you due to your non-payment of rent.

If any of the above is true for you then please contact Richard Darbinian, who specialises in property disputes and will be able to assist you. Contact: Richard.Darbinian@wards.uk.com

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UPDATE October 2020

We have now re-opened our branches to clients but all appointments and visits must be pre-booked to comply with government guidance.

Availability for face-to- face meetings in branches will be limited and remote contact with teams – via phone, email or video call – is preferred wherever possible.  Our prime concern remains the safety of our clients and our staff.

Please note that all visitors to our offices must, by law, wear a face covering.

We cannot accept drop-in visits from clients without an appointment being made in advance. If you have documents for us, including for ID certification, please deliver them to our letterbox

How to get in touch:

  • Please email or telephone your usual lawyer or team, or
  • Please telephone the branch most convenient to you between 9am and 5:30pm, or email info@wards.uk.com at any time and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.  A list of our 11 branches is available here.

Thank you.

Wards Solicitors LLP